• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
News Alert: Follow our AFN Live Blog - Read More
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
6m 24s

Apple WWDC 2014: iPhone, iPad updates, “smart home” system and more

By CBS/AP 1:01 PM June 2, 2014

Apple kicked off its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco today with a slew of new product announcements and updates, most of which will be available in the fall to the general public.

Internet of Things:

Apple announced a much-anticipated move into the “smart home” technology market. It will allow users to control connected gadgets and appliances from a single digital hub. CNET has a list of various products it will work with, including the Philips Hue lighting system, a weather station, door locks and baby monitors.

Another highlight is Apple Health, a new step in health and wellness personal technology. Apple executive Craig Federighi said it will integrate data from various fitness-related devices including Nike’s. Apple said it’s working with the Mayo Clinic to give users a comprehensive picture of what their health metrics mean.

The company is playing catchup with its chief rival, Samsung Electronics. The South Korean tech giant has already incorporated fitness-related features in its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5.

Software Update:

The Mac OSX operating system, named Yosemite, and iOS software for iPhones and iPads are getting a new design, with one key aspect being better ways to exchange files.

Apple is also making it easier for various devices to work together. You can share songs, movies and books you purchase with your entire family. The lines between Macs and mobile gadgets are also blurring even more, with the ability to share and sync files more easily between the two.

Big Win for Developers:

Perhaps the loudest applause was reserved near the end of the event when Apple announced the the launch of a brand new way of coding aimed at its audience of software developers.

“We have a new programming language. The language is called Swift and it totally rules,” said Federigh.

According to Apple, the language is designed to make programming faster, easier and more secure for its developers. A Swift language guide is now available in iBooks.

Its debut impressed. “As a coder, I can tell ya, Swift looks impressive. Proof in the pudding, grain of salt, etc. etc. But what I just saw looks great, ” said CNET’s Editor-at-Large Tim Stevens on the site’s live blog.

No ‘One More Thing’:

But the most notable absence from Apple’s developer conference was any big reveal worthy of former CEO Steve Jobs. Simply put, there was zero mention of any new devices such as an iPhone 6, iWatch or a set-top box.

“For those keeping track, there was major Mac hardware at WWDC 2013 and WWDC 2012, but nothing here today,” said CNET’s Senior Editor Dan Ackerman on the site’s live blog.

Apple typically announces new iPhones in September and new iPads soon after that. Many analysts are still betting the company will release an Internet-connected watch as part of Apple’s expansion into wearable technology.

Here are more highlights of what was announced today:

Mac Designs:

– Yosemite will have a translucent design. The notification center will use that design, for instance, to give you an advance look at your calendar, weather and other information.

– You’ll be able to search for content on the computer and on the Internet at once, similar to a feature that came with Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 system.

– Apple is expanding its iCloud storage service so that you can store and sync files of any type, not just the ones designed specifically for iCloud. It’s similar to how services such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive let you work with the same files on multiple devices more easily.

– A Mail Drop feature will make it easier to send large files. Instead of pushing the entire file by email and overloading mail servers, the Mac will create a link that the recipient can click for the full file.

– The Mac’s Safari Web browser will have more privacy controls and ways to share links more easily.

– The free Mac update will be out this fall. A version is available for developers Monday. This summer, Apple will also make a test version available to selected customers who aren’t developers.

iPhones and iPads:

– Like the new Mac OS, the iOS 8 system will have a universal search tool, to cover both files on your device and content on the Internet. It will also get the iCloud Drive service.

– The new software will sport interactive notifications, so you can respond to a message without having to leave another app.

– There will be new gestures, such as double tapping to get a list of people you communicate most often.

– A “quick type” feature promises predictive typing suggestions. For example, if you start typing, “Do you want to go to,” the phone will suggest “dinner” or “movie” as the next word. Currently, the suggestions are limited to spelling corrections.

– A “do not disturb” feature will make it easier to stop notifications on a conversation with just a swipe, while a “tap to talk” feature records and sends audio messages to a recipient so you don’t have to type.

– IOS 8 will have a built-in health-management tool to help people track their vital signs, diet and sleeping habits. Apple’s chief rival, Samsung Electronics Co., incorporated fitness-related features in its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5.

– The new iOS may also include a long-awaited digital wallet that enables Apple to process payments on iPhones and iPads. Google Inc. has already tried something similar on its Android software for smartphones, but it hasn’t gained much traction in digital payments.

– There’s been speculation that Apple will unveil a home automation system that will enable iPhones and iPad to become a remote control for managing lighting, security and other household appliances with wireless connections.

– The new software will likely come with new devices for the holiday season, with free updates available for recent models.

Working Together:

– Although the Mac and iOS systems are separate, Apple CEO Time Cook says the two have been engineered to work seamlessly together.

– Apple’s AirDrop feature, which has let you share files with other devices of the same type, will now let iPhones and Macs share directly with each other.

– A new “handoff” feature will let you switch devices more easily, so you can start writing an email on a phone and finish on a Mac. And when a call comes in on your iPhone, you can get caller ID information on your Mac.

– The iMessage chat service will now let you communicate with devices that aren’t running iOS, such as those running the rival Android system from Google.

Coming to Cars:

– There was a Ferrari spotted in the building, an indication that Apple will update people on CarPlay, its project for embedding automobiles with some of the iPhone’s main applications. Apple is developing a CarPlay to let drivers can control cars with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard. Cars with built-in CarPlay services and radios that are compatible with CarPlay are both expected this year.


Latest Stories

  • On-Air

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: It’s time Anchorage gets excited about Uber

    by John Tracy on Oct 20, 16:26

    On a recent trip outside Alaska, I decided to find out what all the fuss was about concerning the ride sharing company Uber. I’m not the most technically savvy guy, but even without the help of my teenager, I downloaded the app and reluctantly gave Uber my credit card number. When I arrived at the […]

  • News

    Alaska Native remains could return home from Pennsylvania

    by Associated Press on Oct 20, 14:46

    A small group of people are working with the U.S. Army to bring home the remains of 15 Alaska Natives who attended a boarding school in Pennsylvania more than a century ago. The Carlisle Industrial Indian School was founded in 1879 by Richard Henry Pratt. The Army officer created the military-style school on the belief […]

  • News

    Crews hope to reach full containment of Moose Creek Fire by weekend

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 20, 13:12

    Last updated at 2:40 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20   The latest fire map from the Alaska Division of Forestry shows the Moose Creek Fire is 70 percent contained as of Thursday afternoon. “If (weather) stays the way it is right now we’re hoping for full containment by the end of shift Friday,” Phil Blydenburgh, Incident […]

  • Weekend concert to benefit Alaska Music Project for Youth

    by Daybreak Staff on Oct 20, 12:58

    Just how easy is it to record a song? J.W. Frye and Matthew Brenna with Alaska Music Project for Youth (AMP) showed Daybreak how it’s done. The organization is also holding a benefit concert, with headliner Black Water Railroad Company, on Oct. 22 at Williwaw. Proceeds will help AMP hit its goal of 18 mobile […]

  • Cup with the Chief: APD’s staffing goals and how to prevent winter crime

    by Daybreak Staff on Oct 20, 12:28

    The Anchorage Police Department is well on its way to hitting a goal of 400 officers by the end of the year. APD Chief Chris Tolley sat down with Daybreak to discuss how they are working toward that goal. He also said winter is nearly here, and that means the department will see a spike […]

  • News

    SLIDESHOW: Alaska Federation of Natives convention celebrates 50 years

    by Megan Edge on Oct 20, 12:17

    The Alaska Federation of Natives convention kicked off in Fairbanks on Thursday with speakers from all over the U.S. The first day of the three-day event was packed with emotional testimony from the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, young leaders and elders. Special guests from the White House, as well as Alaska politicians, addressed the crowd. […]

  • News

    Decomposed body found near railroad tracks in south Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 20, 11:26

    Police say a decomposed body was found Wednesday evening in south Anchorage. The Anchorage Police Department stated in a release Thursday morning that the report came in around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. APD said the remains were found near the railroad tracks off Huffman Road near the intersection of Old Seward Highway. Police say that nothing […]

  • Weather

    First measurable snowfall of the season coming to Anchorage, Mat-Su

    by Rachael Penton on Oct 20, 10:39

    ANCHORAGE — A cold front is on the way to Southcentral and will bring the first chance for measurable snowfall for the Anchorage area beginning late Thursday. Rain will develop Thursday afternoon across the Susitna Valley, before spreading to the Matanuska Valley and Anchorage by the evening hours. As temperatures fall, the rain will mix […]